Cooking a vegan dinner on weekdays can become a tedious task. Getting back from work, and then the need to cook dinner is stressful. A lot of us end up ordering dinner through delivery apps, like uber eats and grubhub, or getting take out food, which ultimately affects our fitness goals. In this article, we provide the 5 best weekday vegan dinner ideas to help you achieve your fitness goals and also help save money. Oh and also, you can actually make all of these in under 10 mins. No prior prep needed.
1. Vegan Acai Smoothie
If you like to keep dinners light, this smoothie recipe is a must try for you. For this recipe use Acai powder, with mixed frozen berries of your choice, 1 banana, vegan protein powder (optional but recommended), and some almond butter for good fats. Use cashew milk or any other vegan milk of your choice and blend it well in a blender. Top it with organic chia and flaxseed mix and enjoy a quick healthy vegan dinner in under 5 mins which will provide all the essential nutrients and will be light on the stomach.
2. Stir Fried Tofu With Vegetables
This quick and easy stir fried tofu recipe is loaded with fresh and colorful vegetables and contains plant-based protein. Start with cooking tofu in 1-2 spoons of avocado oil and stir fry until it becomes crispy. Once it becomes crispy, take it out, and add some chooped garlic in the same hot pan (you may need to add little bit of more oil). Next add vegetables of your choice, I added bell peppers, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and carrots with some edamame. Next add some soy sauce, salt pepper, and chilli flakes (if you like to add some heat). Once the vegetables are cooked to your liking, add tofu and mix it all together. Top it with some sesame seeds and enjoy! For best crispy results we recommend to press tofu so that all the moisture is gone and tofu comes out nice and crispy.
3. Vegan Kimchi Fried Rice
Besides being an easy vegan dinner recipe, vegan kimchi fried rice is also one of the yummiest. It is fast and easy to prepare. All you need are some leftover rice before you start making it.
Stir fry extra-firm tofu in a non-stick pan after adding chooped garlic. Once it is golden, take it out and diced onions, vegan kimchi (buy vegan kimchi here), mix vegetables of your choice along with salt pepper or any other seasoning of choice, and stir fry for 5-8 mins or until the vegetables are crispy. Next add the tofu along with cooked rice, add some soy sauce and mix well and stir fry for 3-4 more mins. Once done top it with toasted sesame oil for extra flavor.
4. Garlic Chickpea Bowl
Add some freshly drained chickpeas into a bowl and season with the seasoning of your choice. I added salt pepper, hint of cumin pwder, and paprika. Add veggies of choice, I added sliced carrots, sliced bell peppers, kale. Squeeze fresh lemon juice for a hint of sourness.
5. One Pot Vegan Spaghetti
This is literally the easiest way to make spaghetti and also a personal favorite of mine, recipe is by Vegan Heaven. Add all the vegetables of your choice into a pan along with the raw spaghetti. Add vegetable broth instead of water and simmer it for 10 mins. There you go, you have a simple vegan spaghetti which is high in nutritional value while not taking too much time.